Pollard Disappointed with New Barak Policy
Steve Rodan - Middle East News Line - July 20, 1999
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- Jonathan Pollard was said on Tuesday to have felt
betrayed by what he considers a change in policy by Prime Minister Ehud
Barak to now ignore the Israeli spy sentenced to life in prison.
"He is very disappointed," said Esther Pollard, Jonathan's wife, in
an interview with Israel Radio. "He is an Israeli agent. After all these
years, Barak has said that Jonathan Pollard is an internal problem of
On Monday, Barak said that Pollard's life sentence is an issue for
the U.S. judiciary. Earlier, aides to the prime minister said that he
had appealed to President Bill Clinton to reduce Pollard's sentence.
"We know for certainty that he didn't raise the issue," Mrs. Pollard
said. "He admitted that he didn't raise the issue in meeting with the
American Jewish leaders. He was asked and he evaded the issue.
Afterwards, certain people pressured him and he admitted that he didn't
raise the issue and he has no intention to raise the issue in the near
Mrs. Pollard said Barak's new policy means a return to the early
years of Pollard's imprisonment when Israeli governments feared to raise
the issue. "Before the last government decided to run the issue, there
were 10 years of quiet diplomacy," he said. "We don't want big headlines
in the newspaper. We want that words and actions go together. That is
See Also: Kol Yisrael Radio Interview with Esther Pollard
and Jonathan Pollard's Comments